Syracuse Welcomes Its First Children's Hospital -- with $1 Million from Bristol-Myers Squibb and the Foundation
The Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital occupies the 11th and 12th floor tower of the Upstate Medical University Hospital. Bristol-Myers Squibb is recognized as the naming sponsor of the 12th floor Treehouse lobby.
The doors to the first children’s hospital in Syracuse, New York are now open for business, thanks in part to a $1 million contribution from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation and Bristol-Myers Squibb Syracuse.
“Bristol-Myers Squibb employees in Syracuse feel very proud that our company made a significant medical investment in our community,” says Nancy Rurkowski, senior director and general manager of Syracuse Technical Operations.
The Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital is located within the Upstate Medical University Hospital and occupies the 11th and 12th floor tower. It has a unique tree house entrance that was specifically designed to calm the anxieties of both child and family. Here, pediatric experts will treat critically ill and injured children. “It is especially encouraging to me to talk with the medical staff and to see how excited they were to work in this new facility,” Rurkowski says. “They now have the right tools to treat these very important patients.”
Representing the largest corporate gift in Upstate Medical University history, Bristol-Myers Squibb is recognized as the naming sponsor of the 12th floor Treehouse Lobby. In this lobby, families have access to meditation space, a solarium, a gallery and a rooftop garden and terrace.
The children’s hospital is filled with enhanced patient and family amenities, most notably 71 private rooms with furniture designed to give parents and family members a comfortable night’s sleep without leaving their child’s side. The hospital has five-times the space than it had previously to devote to pediatric care. Each private room comprises 250 square feet.
Additionally, there are numerous playrooms, family lounges and alternative accommodations where families can prepare meals and have private sleeping quarters. The hospital also has a free mini-medical library housed in a family resource center. And for children feeling well enough, there is a classroom which allows patients the opportunity to attend school with their classmates online.
“Our business units work directly with their communities to support important causes that are aligned with our focus on helping patients prevail,” says John Damonti, president, Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation. “But at times the Foundation will partner with them on a specific opportunity where the need is great. This was one of those times.”